Praia - Post Report Question and Answers

Are local buses, trams, trains or taxis safe and affordable?

There is a network of local buses, but I don't know any expats who use it. Taxis are plentiful and safe. - Feb 2024

Yes, taxis and buses are reliable and cheap. - Aug 2023

Yes. Taxis are abundant and affordable. - Jan 2023

Taxis are approved and cheap. - Sep 2018

Taxis are everywhere and pretty cheap ($2 or less to get just about anywhere in Praia). Domestic airline is also pretty reasonable, with many flights between islands costing $80-120 roundtrip. - Dec 2017

Local taxis are generally safe and affordable, though we haven't really taken one since our car arrived. You can get most anywhere in Praia for US$2-$3. There are local buses but haven't found the need to take them. - Oct 2016

Taxis are safe and affordable. You don't hail taxis here, taxis hail you. The buses are not in great working condition and I don't think that they are safe. - May 2014

There is a bus system that is privately owned but operates like a public bus and costs about $0.50 per ride. It can be very crowded and hot, and expats rarely take it (though I have :)). Taxis are EVERYWHERE, very easy to flag down, and affordable. Rides around town are about $2.00, and it costs about $10 to get to the airport. I find both options to be perfectly safe during the day, but I have never really had to travel at night by myself. Women should not do that here. - Feb 2011

Buses and taxis are very affordable. They are not very safe from a Western perspective (no safety belts, overcrowded etc.) but I've never heard of someone getting hurt/robbed on a bus or taxi here. No trains here. The ferries are safe and relatively affordable. The Fast Ferry, despite what some uppity expats here may say, is very comfortable and a good deal. - Sep 2012

There are tons of cabs and they are affordable. - May 2012

There are no buses. Vans are affordable and relatively safe, but drivers do drive extremely fast and can be careless. - Sep 2009

Taxis are available and cheap but not always particularly safe. It's better to have your own car. - Feb 2008

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